Tawdry Heartburn is the creation of James Berlyn, an award-winning performing artist and teacher of more than twenty five years experience.
Trained in dance at VCA, he has worked in dance, dance-theatre, theatre and community art across the country and internationally as a creator,performer, director and curator.

​His recent work includes, Silent Drag Photo Booth of Berlyn for Proximity and FOLA Festivals opening events,
his immersive solo show Crash Course at PICA, his children’s installation Dreamstore for Awesome Festival.
​He was assistant/resident director for UK's Look Left Look Right's work You Once Said Yes at PIAF 2014,
and director of Tenebrae et Lux for PIAF 2013. He was a Variant cast member for Sue Healey and Company in Sydney 2013 and created the role of Agamemnon in Matt Lutton’s Elektra for PIAF and WA Opera in 2012. James is the founder of Proximity Festival, Australia's first and only festival of one-on-one performance.
He was a founding co-director of Tracksuit, WA’s adult disability performance company supported by DADAA WA. James Berlyn is supported through the Managing and Producing Services initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts and the Department of Culture and the Arts. 

​Picture by Otilee Lamb